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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Hamzah concedes to personal data leaks, but NRD not to blame


The government will reduce the number of agencies with access to the National Registration Department (NRD) database to stem leaks of private data, said Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin.

In an interview with Sinar Harian, Hamzah said the decision was made after the Home Ministry identified those responsible for the attempt to sell 22.5 million personal records on the internet for US10,000.

Hamzah said the leaked data could have come from the internet, telecommunication companies, financial institutions and other government agencies, such as the land and minerals department.

He said that the leak was not an "inside job" involving the NRD.

"Previously, there were many agencies with access. After the leaks occurred, NRD will be limiting access to just 44 agencies," he said.

In late April, a user of the hacking forum Breached.co claimed to be in possession of 22.5 million records from NRD's Myidentity.gov.my.

The purported seller also displayed a "sample" from his dataset, which purportedly belonged to Hamzah.

Meanwhile, Hamzah said that there would be "watermarks" on datasets which will help identify the source of future leaks. - Mkini

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